|Publication number||US7401781 B2|
|Application number||US 10/928,459|
|Publication date||Jul 22, 2008|
|Filing date||Aug 27, 2004|
|Priority date||Aug 27, 2003|
|Also published as||EP1663420A2, EP1663420A4, US20050046107, WO2005021116A2, WO2005021116A3|
|Publication number||10928459, 928459, US 7401781 B2, US 7401781B2, US-B2-7401781, US7401781 B2, US7401781B2|
|Inventors||Reynolds W. Guyer, Thomas W. Guyer|
|Original Assignee||Winsor Concepts|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (22), Non-Patent Citations (3), Referenced by (15), Classifications (9), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
Priority is claimed under U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 60/498,130 filed on Aug. 27, 2003, entitled “Streek Dice Game” by Reynolds W. Guyer and Thomas W. Guyer, which is incorporated by reference.
The present invention relates generally to a method for playing a game of chance and entertainment. More specifically, to a game that uses a relationship between a master indicator and several scoring indicators to determine a player's score.
Games of chance and entertainment exist in a variety of forms. The gambling industry, namely casinos, offers players several gaming options. These options however, are often elaborate games involving complex rules and requiring special tables or machines. Players therefore are unable to reenact the excitement in private without sufficient expense.
There also exists several games for a player to play in private, either alone or with other players. These games however, are often exceedingly simple and do not offer the player a significant level of risk or excitement. Therefore these games are unable to consistently offer the player a desired level of entertainment.
The present invention relates to a method of playing a game of chance and entertainment. The method of the present invention incorporates an element of risk by rewarding a player when, during a turn, a generated master indicator corresponds to a plurality of scoring indicators.
One embodiment of the method of the present invention is played (by at least one player) with one master die and a plurality of scoring dice. The master die has a plurality of master sides, each master side bearing a master value designation thereon. Each scoring die has a plurality of scoring sides. Each scoring side of each scoring die bears a score value designation corresponding to one of the master value designations. In a turn, the player shakes the master die and the plurality of scoring dice to obtain an upwardly facing master side and a plurality of upwardly facing scoring sides. The player's shake score is then calculated based on the number of upwardly facing scoring sides with score value designations which correspond to the master value designation on the upwardly facing master side.
A second embodiment of the method of the present invention is played (by at least one player) with one master indicator and a plurality of scoring indicators. The master indicator has a plurality of possible master value designations. Each scoring indicator has a plurality of possible score value designations. Each score value designation corresponds to one of the master value designations. The player's turn comprises generating one of the master value designations of the master indicator and generating a score value designation for each of the scoring indicators. After the turn, the player's score is obtained based on the number of score value designations generated, which correspond to the master value designation generated.
While the above-identified drawing figures set forth several embodiments of the invention, other embodiments are also contemplated, as noted in the discussion. In all cases, this disclosure presents the present invention by way of representation and not limitation. It should be understood that numerous other modifications and embodiments can be devised by those skilled in the art which fall within the scope and spirit of the principles of this invention.
In this embodiment, score value designations 21, 22, and 24 are in the form of different colors; however, as noted above with respect to master value designations 18, 19, and 20 of master die 11, other forms of indicia may be used, such as, for example, numbers, patterns, letters, etc., and/or combinations thereof. Additionally,
In the first embodiment of the game, the relationship between master die 11 and scoring dice 12 is very important. The first embodiment is played by a plurality of players, and the object of the game is for a player to score more points than any of the opposing players. In this disclosure, a roll, or throw, of all the dice 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17 by a player is called a “shake”. A player's turn begins by shaking all scoring dice 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17 and master die 11.
In each player's turn of the game, that player may take as many shakes of the dice 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17 as desired. To begin a turn, the player shakes all scoring dice 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17 and master die 11. After each shake, a player's score for that shake is calculated based on the number of scoring dice 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17 that have upwardly facing sides F that correspond to master die 11. This score is called a player's shake score. The score in the method of the invention may represent an arbitrary point value, a simulated monetary value, or a real monetary value throughout the various embodiments.
As illustrated in
In this embodiment of the game, play begins with a first player beginning a turn. To begin a turn, the first player shakes 110 master die 11 and scoring dice 12. Any points accumulated following the first player's shake are accumulated according to the method discussed in
However, if a player is blanked 128 (i.e., a shake having a value of zero as exemplified in
Players continue to alternate turns until one player's current turn score when added to the player's current total score is greater than, or equal to, a predetermined number of winning points 136 (e.g., a winning score of 50 or 100 points). At this time in the player's turn, the player has the same two options: (1) the player can choose to surrender the turn 116 and bank the points accumulated during that turn 120, establish a winning score 138, and possibly win the game, subject to being exceeded by the other players during a final round 140; or (2) the player can choose to continue the turn by shaking again 118 to possibly increase the final score, in effect, making it more difficult for the other players to surpass the player's current total score and win the game. If the player chooses to continue the turn 118, however, and is blanked 128 during that turn, the player loses all the points accumulated during that turn 130 and the turn is forfeited 132. The predetermined winning score 138 would, therefore, not be established for that player's turn.
In this embodiment, the predetermined winning score is fifty (50) points. When a player's total score of at least fifty (50) points is established 138, the final round begins and each player is allowed one final turn.
If, during this final turn 142, a player does not accumulate enough points to exceed the winning score 144, or the player is blanked before surrendering the turn, that player loses the game 146, and the dice pass to the next remaining player 147.
If, however, following a player's final turn 142, the player's established score exceeds the current winning score 148, that player establishes a new winning score 152 and is the current winner.
Following the final round, if no player is able to exceed the original winning score 138, the original player to establish a winning score 138 wins the game 162. However, if a new winning score has been established 152′ the player who first established the winning score 138 will then get one last turn 166. If that player is able to exceed 168 the current winning score 152 and surrenders that player's turn before getting blanked, that player wins the game 170. If that player is blanked before exceeding 172 the current winning score 152, the player with the current winning score 152 wins the game 174.
Also in this embodiment, if two or more players exceed fifty (50) points and have identical scores, all of the players, not just the players who have tied, get one more turn during a tie-break round. The player with the highest score at the end of this final round wins.
Another embodiment of the game can be played with one player. In this embodiment, the player successively shakes dice 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17. The player accumulates points based on the outcome of each successive shake according to the previously discussed scoring system. The points that player accumulates after each shake in the turn are summed together. The object of the game is to accumulate the most points during a turn before that player is blanked. Once being blanked, the player begins a new turn and attempts to score higher than the previous turn.
The present invention provides a method of playing a game of chance and entertainment. The game has a plurality of playing pieces, including both a master die and a plurality of scoring dice. In playing a game according to this method, the playing pieces are shaken. During play, all of the playing pieces are thrown during every shake. Each shake results in a score value for that player. Upon completion of a player's turn, the player's score is determined by adding up the points of each shake. Points are awarded based on the corresponding upwardly facing scoring sides and master side, according to a predetermined scoring system. If during a player's turn none of the scoring dice correspond to the master die, the player forfeits the turn and loses all the points accumulated during that turn. Accordingly, the scoring system of the present embodiment rewards a player for having streaks of shakes with value. During each turn, the player may risk all the points the player has accumulated during that turn on the belief that the player will continue the streak and continue to increase the turn score.
In the foregoing description of the method of the present invention, the invention has been described with reference to an embodiment which uses a kit of parts containing real, physical dice. However, the method of playing a game according to the present invention in all embodiments disclosed above and their equivalents may be played in a casino with a live dealer using for example, dice or a special set of playing cards, on a video gaming machine, with software on a personal or handheld computer, or with any other machine (e.g., PDA, cell phone, etc.) capable of simulating dice or any other mechanism capable of generating a plurality of random value designations.
In such “virtual” versions of the game, one embodiment involves one or more players competing using a designated playing system. Rather than an upwardly facing master side (see, e.g., F in
Once a turn is begun, the player continues to shake until the player surrenders that turn, or the player has a shake of zero-value. After a shake of zero-value the player's turn is forfeited and the player's turn score is zero. The method of the present invention creates a game of risk, such that, a player must decide between (1) ending the turn, and keeping the current turn score, or (2) continuing the turn to increase the turn score while risking loss of all the points accumulated during that turn. By continuing a turn, the player is betting the turn score on the hope that the next shake is to have a value greater than zero. Therefore, the method of the present invention rewards a player for streaks of shakes which have a score greater that zero.
Although the present invention has been described with reference to preferred embodiments, workers skilled in the art will recognize that changes may be made in form and detail without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.
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|International Classification||A63F11/00, A63F9/00, A63F9/04|
|Cooperative Classification||A63F2009/0018, A63F2011/0055, A63F9/0495, A63F9/0402|
|Aug 27, 2004||AS||Assignment|
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